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Emika - Klavirni Temna
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Music For Heart, Brain and Feet: New Release Reviews

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With 2020 now in full swing there are a raft of great new releases springing out of hibernation to hit record store shelves. These are rare creatures though, only to be found if you know where to look. That’s why, this week, I shall be introducing you to some of the fabulous records which you might not find within the bland offerings of Amazon or HMV. We have the mournful electronica of Recondite and Steven Rutter & Bryonii, the 80s tinged house of Jordan, the wistful folk stylings of Arborist, Emika’s heartfelt piano ballads, and lots more. By JOHN BITTLES

 

Build a Diorama
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Tailored Cuts And All Encores: New Record Reviews

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In the past, the time between December and February would see a dearth of quality new releases hitting the shops. But, as with many things, all that has changed in recent years. The music industry never stops, and this winter has found some fantastic new slabs of wax arrive on our shelves. This month we’ll both be looking back to some of the great releases which came to light at the end of 2019 and raving about some which are making the year 2020 a great place to be. By JOHN BITTLES

 

Lena Raine - Oneknowing
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2019’s Albums Of The Year

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With the year and decade coming to an end it is time for taking stock and reflecting on what has been and gone. Not wanting to break with tradition I decided to trawl through twelve months of releases to bring you my albums of the year. As usual, it is an extremely personal affair. Looking back, I picked the records which had some form of emotional resonance with me. From alt-pop to hip hop, ambiance to house, these were the albums which cut though the torrent of bullshit and made 2019 a great year to be alive. By JOHN BITTLES

 

Emika - Bet Orten
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Sadness With A Dash Of Beats: An Interview With Emika

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In a world which celebrates uniformity and mediocrity it is refreshing to find someone actively striving to create something interesting and new. In art, moulds are meant to be broken and stereotypes cast to the ground. One artist who understands this is Berlin resident Emika. Born Ema Jolly, and raised in Milton Keynes, Emika has utilized her classical training in piano and composition to form the foundation for a body of work which has taken in pop, classical, electronica, ambient and more. Never one to settle for the status quo, her music could resemble the gothic pop of Fever Ray one minute, the futuristic electro of Drexciya the next. By JOHN BITTLES

 

ISAN
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Electronic Music With A Human Touch: An Interview With ISAN

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The duo of Antony Ryan and Robin Saville have been releasing glacial electronica and hushed techno as ISAN for over 20 years now. Showing a deep understanding of ambiance and melody, their music is overflowing with both texture and emotion. Since meeting in Leicester back in 1996 the pair have worked together continuously, releasing classics such as Beautronics, Plan Drawn In Pencil and the subdued splendour of Glass Bird Movement from 2016. One of the top electronic acts of the last two decades, ISAN merge the production nous of Autechre with the bittersweet melodies of Leafar Legov. By JOHN BITTLES

 

Moon Duo - Stars Are the Light
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The Practice Of Love And Other Tall Tales: New Release Reviews

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With September and October’s usual slew of releases it can be easy to get lost in the onslaught of new wax hitting record store shelves. Who has the time these days to browse in ignorance, not knowing what it is they seek? That’s why I have done the hard work for you, sorting through the crap to bring you the best new records any discerning music fan needs in their life.
This week we have the lush, languid rock of Moon Duo, the post everything pop of Jenny Hval, killer house grooves from Quarion and Kompakt, Trentemøller’s goth-tinged ballads, and lots more. By JOHN BITTLES

 

BitMag
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If I Think Of Love, I Think Of You: New Release Reviews


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With the autumn season firmly upon us most of us want nothing more than to lock our doors and peacefully hibernate for a month or two. What we need now are records made for listening to in the cosiness of your own home (or at least a club with a decent heating system). This week I will be raving about some new releases which make the perfect soundtrack for escaping the perils of the outside world. By JOHN BITTLES

 

Abraxas - Lone
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A Smattering Of Records to Help You Dance Away Those Blues


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In this month’s article I will be talking about some of the new 12”s which have been distracting me from the shit-storm that is modern life and brightening up my days. We have the lush house grooves of Demuja, Qnete and Cinthie, the experimental techno urges of Nina Kraviz, the ambient soundscapes of Umber & Gavin Miller, the undefinable sounds of Iron Curtis and Lone, and lots more. By JOHN BITTLES

 

Stereo MC's
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Connected Beats And Lush House Grooves

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There are some songs which can make an entire generation of music lovers get misty-eyed. From the gorgeous synth swells and Sara Nelson’s stunning vocals that help make Massive Attack’s peerless Unfinished Sympathy such a delight, to the soaring strings of Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve, these are songs which grip the listener by the lapels and drag them back to a better time in their life. Most bands/artists spend their entire careers attempting to create a track with the power to epitomise a specific time or place. Most of them fail! By JOHN BITTLES

 

Robag Wrumhe - Venq Tolep
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House Killed The Radio Star: New Release Reviews

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With a strong emphasis on house music (for no other reason than this is what has been floating my boat recently), this month’s reviews section is full of deep dancefloor grooves. We have the smooth melodies of Robag Wruhme, the disco flecked eclecticism of Benjamin Fröhlich, Anthony Naples’ dark and gritty jams, the club friendly pop of Hot Chip, some deep techno pulses from Kölsch, and lots more. By JOHN BITTLES

 

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